SA Goes Solar
It’s finally happened and about time too! Using the power of the sun, the Japer Solar Park is officially online! Using a vast array of Photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, this project is a huge step forward for our country in moving to clean renewable energy.
SolarReserve, a global developer of solar power projects and solar thermal technology, announced that the 96 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) Jasper solar power project is fully operational.
Jasper is located in South Africa’s Northern Cape in a solar park that also includes the 75 MW Lesedi solar power project which came online in May.
The power project, located in South Africa’s Northern Cape, came online in October 2014, two months ahead of schedule, and is the largest solar installation on the continent.
The project also marks Google’s first renewable energy investment in Africa – the Internet search giant reportedly invested US$12 million into the solar park.
Jasper also includes the 75 MW Lesedi solar power project which came online in May, and the proposed 100 MW Redstone concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) plant..
With over 325,000 PV modules, the Jasper Project will deliver 180,000 megawatt-hours of renewable electricity annually for South African residents.
The power generated is enough to power up to 80,000 households through a 20-year power purchase agreement with Eskom.
It’s time for us all to think Solar
As summer approaches, we are all considering our holiday season plans of family, fun in the sun and trips to the beach. But truly , now is also the time to look at our own energy consumption and whether we , like Jasper, can take a step forward and invest in clean , renewable energy sources for our homes and businesses.
ESKOM still supports a rebate on solar systems and I can tell you they do help in reducing the hot water energy costs through an efficient solar solution.
Be inspired by Jasper and think what a difference this will make to households that will now receive electricity thanks to this incredible project.
Well done and congratulations to Solar Reserve and Google on the foresight to complete this solar park and I hope we see many more in our country that is so blessed with an abundance of solar energy.